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Neal Adams: ‘What the heck is happening with Batman: Odyssey?’

Batman: Odyssey #6

Creating a fitting companion to Comic Book Resources’ rundown of late and missing comics, Neal Adams had provided an update on Batman: Odyssey, his 13-issue miniseries that disappeared in February following the release of Issue 6.

“What the heck is happening with Batman: Odyssey?” the influential creator wrote on his Facebook page. “DC tells us the solicitations have begun for the last 7 monthly issues. Your stores have not been reacting to your enthusiasm, but rather, they have been reacting to the internet chatter. Chatter that I … perhaps should have responded to. Now it’s all verblunget and you guys are the ones who are losing out, and I am sorry.”

The long-gestating series, which premiered in July 2010, sends the Caped Crusader on a frenetic — maybe even madcap —  Homeric journey that, Adams said, still promises “neanderthals, evolved dinosaurs, magicians, war, death, gnomes, trolls and tests, the like of which Batman, the modern Ulysses, has never faced in his life … all happening in a real underworld.”

“The multiple climaxes are killer,” he wrote. “But if you care … Man, I hate to say this .. you’ve got to hoc your stores like bloody hell to get these issues. My promise to you is to give you the best, most exciting comic books ever. I’ve never failed you, and I never will. But this time, you’ve got to dig in and demand your stores get this. The best Batman series ever.”

Why the push? Adams suggested in the post that’s because of a lack of promotional support from DC Comics.

“You notice Marvel is actually promoting my work for them? Avengers and the ‘Secret Project’? You’ll notice Dark Horse is promoting Blood?” he wrote. “Well, for some reason, DC isn’t promoting Batman: Odyssey. So … it’s up to you and me, guys and gals.”

Update: Adams wrote that Batman: Odyssey will pick up again in October with Volume 2, Issue 1: “Don’t ask me why. It’s their company, and their business.”

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IMO after reading 6 issues of it, I was relieved to take an indefinitely break. It’s a mess. Storywise it makes little sense and the art is sloppy and poorly broken down (into a coherent panel structure). It’s not surprising that DC isn’t pushing it. Sorry Neal, you are a great, but this isn’t.

Yeah, DC aren’t promoting it, because nobody liked it!

A little confused. Is Neal trying to say that the issues are printed, but stores just aren’t carrying them because DC isn’t promoting them?

And, no offense to Neal, but let’s be honest: he has let us down in the past. I’m still waiting for that uber-hyped, Neal Adams-drawn, epic conclusion to that stack of ARMOR comics I bought as a kid 20+ years ago.

can see why Neil is upset for if Dc is not promoting the thing then kind of hard for readers unless they go hunting for it to buy the thing so more issues can be printed. though even a comic legend like Neil should relize that maybe dc is not promoting the thing because its not up to their standards they wanted for it.

having not read the issues that are out, i cannot comment on the quality of this comic, but i have been getting a sense recently that DC has terrible marketing sense and are often misleading or chock full of hyperbole (which i know is common in comics, but they get ridiculous).

I trust Adams before I trust DC. However for that same reason I’m not picking this up. Maybe after the relaunch IF they show more respect for their characters and their fans then.

DC ran a however many page preview for it in the back of all their books one month, he did some interviews about it, I even remember seing some ads for it in comics. What else does he want in terms of promotion? TV ads like the new 52? If shops aren’t ordering it in big numbers I doubt its because no ones heard of it. I was liking it well enough, better probably than all the batbooks other than the ones Morrison’s been writing, but I don’t know what kind of promotional push would sell a 13 issue mini series that comes out on whatever random schedule, and I do seem to remember a real promotional push taking place.

“The best Batman series ever.”

Is he delusional. It’s probably the worst book DC’s published in ages (and I’m counting DeeDee’s Outsiders)

I was enjoying the hell out of the series. It was challenging, yes, and maybe that was offputting for people who need to be spoonfed their entertainment. The artwork and the layout I found was the perfect complement to the story.
Hey kids, not every Bat-Epic needs to be dripping with blood or seething with Milleresque homosexual self-loathing to be good.

I would have figured that Marvel and Dark Horse are promoting Neal’s AVENGERS issue and BLOOD because they’re about to come out, much like DC promoted ODYSSEY strongly before it launched.

That’s what comics publishers do. Sadly, there generally isn’t a lot of promo time or promo dollars available to push books halfway through their run; that happens when a new run or new storyline begins.

It would be nice (however noisy) if they could promote everything, though.

“What the heck is happening with Batman: Odyssey?”

I think everyone’s been saying that since the first issue.

I hope that they DO bring this back, because I have missed it terribly. Yes, it is a bit…insane. That’s one of the reasons that I like it so much. Watching Batman flailing around and having hissy fits, and being something LESS than omnipotent is a real treat. Plus the art is beautiful.

Hey, David Stewart, a comic book doesn’t need to promote fascism to be good. Oh, what? You never said anything like that? Well, it’s okay, because you see, I can pretend that you did, so it seems more like I’m on the winning side of an argument.

What’s that you’re saying now, Dave? You’re saying you’re a big fan of Charles Manson? Jeez, this David Stewart guy sure is a jerk; I advise everyone to ignore his opinions.

Neal Adams is a shadow of his former self. His best drawings are behind him, and his current comics figures are warpy, inconsistent, and guilty of overacting, even by comic book standards. Sad case. Stick with his ’60s – ’70s output, and ignore the rest. It’s downhill from there.

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