iPod Touch (from Apple website)
Capacity: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
Cost: $199, $299 or $399
Apple Tablet Rumoured Specs (from links compiled at Wired.com)
Size: 10.7" diagonally
October Sales Data
1 - Blackest Night #4 - $3.99
2 - Batman and Robin #5 - $2.99
3 - Green Lantern #47 - $2.99
4 - Blackest Night: Batman #3 - $2.99
5 - Green Lantern Corps #41 - $2.99
6 - Blackest Night: Superman #3 - $2.99
Brian Bendis had a Twitter marathon going the other day, doing an impromptu Q&A with his followers that was so frequent he was temporarily frozen from posting by Twitter. Robot 6 summed up the juicier bits of info on their blog, but there were a few things I wanted to talk about here.
@BrianMBendis - oh yes!! RT @popculturezoo: @BRIANMBENDIS Any chance of some cosmic-level Avengers stories next year?
@BrianMBendis - we'll do an alias mini next year if the stars allow RT @ashwinpande: @BrianMBendis also, you and Gaydos teaming up again anytime soon?
A few people have noticed we've started using a new rank in our verdict system for reviews recently that I've yet to fully explain. In fact, I don't think I've ever come out and fully explained what the verdicts mean and I'm going to take a moment to do so here.
Avoid It - Books that you shouldn't bother with for any reason. A bad book is a bad book. There are no varying degrees of bad. However, on occasion, a book can be deemed Avoid It for specific reasons, such as being a complete filler issue or cash grab by the publisher that, while has some technical merit, may be labelled Avoid It. The review will make clear the distinction.
Byrne It - Named after the term coined by John Byrne's condemnation of reading comics in the shop/on the rack, the term Byrne It refers to books that have some merit, but are mostly subpar. May contain a major event or status quo change that is worth seeing, but the quality of the issue is suspect, making it not worth purchasing for those events or changes. We haven't actually used this one yet as we weren't sure if it was a good fit or not.
Something like Secret Invasion's conclusion would be a good Byrne It candidate as the issue was rather bland, told in flashback, threw out the entire Secret Invasion concept and resorted to fisticuffs in Central Park. However, it featured the death of the Wasp and Norman Osborn's Cabal origins, so is something you'd want to be kept abreast of, hence Byrne It at the shop, but don't buy it.
As I said, we haven't used this one yet, so it may not get put in the rotation. I believe Ryan uses a Read With Caution verdict in its place for the time being, though it has slightly different meaning.
Check It - Good books that are entertaining, but aren't very sharp on their craft. You probably won't be disappointed, but you might not love it. Typically something fans of the book will love, but not something that will sell you on the book.
Buy It - Books that excel in terms of both enjoyment value and craft, but still have glaring errors. For example the art might blow me away, but the dialogue is very stiff and repetitive. This may also apply to extremely well done books that may only appeal to a niche audience. In the end, something we feel you should buy, but not a perfect book either.
Must Read - Books with very few flaws of any kind, if any. These are books that generally most readers will really enjoy regardless of genre, creator or any other determining factor. Books you must read in some way, shape or form.
Alkyone: There will be no physical congress.
Achilles: Of course not. I would NEVER... I don't even....
It's just part of who he is. DC has a ton of lesbians, but not that many gay heroes or even anti-heroes. He's not meant to be a token, I think he's a pretty cool character on his own and if he gets a chance to shine, I think we'll see that--up til now it's mostly been potential.